Paperback £6.99 by Catherine Bruton (8 -13 years old)
This is a moving and beautifully written tale perfect for older children and younger teens. Aya is a child refugee, who alongside her family, is seeking asylum in Britain from war in Syria. Aya’s ballet talent could see her rise to the top with a scholarship but her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country. It delicately handles contemporary issues with accessible and beautifully written prose. Aya, who is sensitive and sweet, is a particularly delightful character. It has been called a contemporary retelling of the classic Ballet Shoes but this compassionate story, is gorgeous in itself.